http://bostonherald.com/news_opinio...4/tamerlan_tsarnaev_got_mass_welfare_benefits Tamerlan Tsarnaev got Mass. welfare benefits Marathon bombings mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev was living on taxpayer-funded state welfare benefits even as he was delving deep into the world of radical anti-American Islamism, the Herald has learned. State officials confirmed last night that Tsarnaev, slain in a raging gun battle with police last Friday, was receiving benefits along with his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, and their 3-year-old daughter. The stateâ€™s Executive Office of Health and Human Services said those benefits ended in 2012 when the couple stopped meeting income eligibility limits. Russell Tsarnaevâ€™s attorney has claimed Katherine â€” who had converted to Islam â€” was working up to 80 hours a week as a home health aide while Tsarnaev stayed at home. So, how was the guy able to afford to go to russia for six months?